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Typologically relevant peculiarities of the switch reference system in Yukaghir

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Abstract

The switch reference (SR) system in Yukaghir exhibits certain characteristics that supplement and partly correct some of the typological generalizations formulated in Haiman and Munro (1983: ix–xv). The central observation made here is that SR in Yukaghir is not primarily a syntactic but a semantic phenomenon which interacts with syntactic and pragmatic factors. It is assumed that this finding is cross-linguistically valid. This analysis is based on a number of published primary and secondary sources as well as on unpublished fieldwork data.

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